Barry Pavel, Atlantic Council vice president and director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, joins Federal News Radio to speak about why America's rebalance to Asia and the Middle East makes our relationship with European countries and NATO different.
Frederic C. Hof, senior fellow with the Hariri Middle East Center, appeared on Australia’s primetime news program to discuss the G8 countries’ talks on the Syria conflict, the Obama administration’s plans to arm the Syrian opposition while seeking a negotiated settlement, and the broader regional implications of the Syria conflict.
Atlantic Council managing editor James Joyner asks in The National Interest, "Why Should Congress and the Courts Care About Snooping If Citizens Don't?"
J. Peter Pham, director of the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, was interviewed by Brian Todd on CNN’s Situation Room in a segment on the discovery of evidence in northern Mali that al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) may have acquired surface-to-air missiles.
J. Peter Pham, director of the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, was a featured speaker at the meeting this evening of the Mauritania Working Group, sponsored by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
In his presentation on “Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Mauritania: A Strategic Assessment of the Terrorism-Crime Nexus,” Pham outlined the series of factors which have enabled al-Qaeda’s North African affiliate to establish itself, develop alliances, and expand its operations in the country. However, he also argued that the terrorist group’s ability to sustain its opportunistic links with criminal networks, other movements, and local populations is, for the moment, tenuous – and that the international community needs to exploit this vulnerability before it is too late. He also evaluated recent counterterrorism initiatives supported by the United States and the European Union.
The Mauritania Working Group is an initiative of the Carnegie Endowment to bring together experts from government, academia, and the private sector to explore major issues faced by the country – strategically located at the crossroads between North and Sub-Saharan Africa, struggling with a weak economy and fragile political system, and facing a challenge from the rise of al-Qaeda in the region – as well as the response of the international community.
On June 24, the Brent Scowcroft Center of the Atlantic Council will host a panel discussion on the most recent claims of Chinese cyber espionage and the implications of this threat for the US-China relationship and China's ties with its neighbors in Asia.
On June 27, the Atlantic Council’s Iran Task Force will launch a new issue brief by Ramin Asgard and Barbara Slavin entitled US-Iran Cultural Engagement: A Cost Effective Boon to US National Security, along with a public briefing on people-to-people exchanges with Iran.